Batman/Superman casting news – Lex Luthor and Alfred found

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Strap on your seat belts, kids, it’s going to be a bumpy night! The roles of Alfred Pennyworth and Lex Luthor have been cast and confirmed, and I think it might just be as controversial as Ben Affleck.

According to Warner Bros. Pictures, Jesse Eisenberg (Social Network) will play Lex Luthor, and Jeremy Irons will play Bruce Wayne’s trusted butler, Alfred Pennyworth in the upcoming movie.

I’ll let that sink in for a moment.

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“Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, his unsavory reputation preceding him since 1940,” Snyder said. “What’s great about Lex is that he exists beyond the confines of the stereotypical nefarious villain. He’s a complicated and sophisticated character whose intellect, wealth and prominence position him as one of the few mortals able to challenge the incredible might of Superman. Having Jesse in the role allows us to explore that interesting dynamic, and also take the character in some new and unexpected directions.”

Honestly, I don’t hate this decision. Eisenberg played it cold and hard in The Social Network, and I think that ruthlessness can come out in his take on Lex Luthor. And I really dig on Jeremy Irons as Alfred, too. It’s going to take some time to sink in, but a good move for Warner Bros.

Actors Irons and Gedeck pose during a photocall to promote the movie "Night Train to Lisbon" at the 63rd Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin

“As everyone knows, Alfred is Bruce Wayne’s most trusted friend, ally and mentor, a noble guardian and father figure,” Snyder said. “He is an absolutely critical element in the intricate infrastructure that allows Bruce Wayne to transform himself into Batman. It is an honor to have such an amazingly seasoned and gifted actor as Jeremy taking on the important role of the man who mentors and guides the guarded and nearly impervious façade that encapsulates Bruce Wayne.”

Will Irons’ Alfred be a mean, lean, fighting machine? I don’t know. We haven’t seen a script or a boilerplate synopsis from Warner Bros.

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